September means back to school season is in full swing. One of the simplest gestures we can do for our little ones is have some delicious and nutritious snacks prepared to celebrate another day of learning and fun.
Ants on a Log
It’s simple, delicious, and customizable! A childhood favorite: ants on a log, made with celery, a nut butter of your choice (we love peanut butter and almond butter!), and dried cranberries or raisins. It’s equally delicious and interactive and will be sure to make everyone happy.
Why is it that whenever we tell our kids one option for breakfast, they suddenly are interested in any other option we may have? Let’s face it, our little ones love variety and making big decisions as they grow. What better way to let them make big choices than presenting a platter of delicious, healthy options to dip in hummus? Carrots, pretzels, some fresh toasted bread… the opportunities are endless. Plus, hummus is full of protein and healthy fats that will keep everyone feeling satisfied (until dinner, of course).
Did you know popcorn is actually a whole grain? Load some kernels and a splash of olive oil into a pot, pop up some delicious popcorn, and sprinkle on as much nutritional yeast as your heart desires. This little snack has a delicious taste and is oh so healthy. Plus, most nutritional yeast is fortified with B-12. Tasty and healthy - a win-win situation!
Elvis Presley Sandwich
Rumor has it that Elvis Presley’s famous sandwich consisted of peanut butter, banana, honey, and bacon… wow! Lucky for us, there is room for a “veganfied” version of this classic. First, grill up a few slices of whole grain or sourdough bread, whichever you prefer. Add nut butter, jam, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of agave nectar in between the bread. Cook like you are making a grilled “cheese” sandwich — voila! A delicious treat that somehow tastes so much better than a classic PB&J in the lunchbox.
Cold, fresh fruit salad
There is nothing quite like coming home to a plate full of delicious, prepared fruit, straight from the refrigerator! The best part is that chopping up some oranges and apples, or preparing grapes and berries can simply be a part of your morning routine. Pop them in the fridge on a pretty plate and they will be ready for tiny little hands fighting over every last nutritious bite when the afternoon rolls by. Fresh fruit, there’s nothing sweeter!
Do you have any favorite after school snacks? Comment and share down below, we’d love to hear!